Just another point, sometimes, again, you can be too close to a subject, a slightly longer view point can make a more complete story. These two images were shot hand held, top lit, ambient indoor lighting, with a Canon EOS 40D DSLR and a f1.8 prime lens.
Depth of field was necessarily short due to low light and a wide open aperture. Focus was automatic, but, tight to the middle of each dish. The idea was to create a library of dishes for a BBQ shop. These images are reduced from the original 2800 x 1900 format for posting. No other post-processing was performed on these
Here is one of the images as delivered for web use. This has some post-processing done.
ah heck, here is the other finished image...
BTW, I highly recommend smoking pork belly without any cure, that above photo is a 3 hour smoked pork belly, no cure, just a simple rub.